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COLLABORATION UNLOCKS NEW POTENTIAL

Actor/producer Thapelo Mokoena and vine growers the Bosman Family celebrate the unique combination of ingenuity, resilience and excellence that is quintessentially South Africa, by producing a unique, one-of-a-kind wine: Nero

NERO IS THE FIRST WINE TO BE MADE FROM THE SICILIAN GRAPE NERO D’AVOLA IN SOUTH AFRICA

At the turn of this century, when it was clear that climate change was becoming a reality, it was apparent that the Cape Winelands would become a drier, hotter place, and that the traditional French varietals that were grown here, might struggle. Petrus Bosman struck out to find a grape varietal that would thrive in the increasingly hot, dry summers in Wellington.

After much research, Petrus travelled to Sicily, a volcanic island off the coast of Italy known for its warm, dry climate. There he discovered Nero d’Avola, the quintessential Sicilian grape.

Only 2 cuttings survived the journey back home and in the nursery, so it took many years to propagate a vineyard in the decomposed granite soils of the Bosman farm.

A decade later, Nero bears testimony to the courage and foresight to make a wine that expresses its Sicilian roots yet also celebrates its new-found home on African soil.

Thapelo Mokoena is a well-known actor and film producer whose passion for Africa, the land, the people and the provenance, is surpassed only by his desire for the expression of excellence in a new and modern configuration.

Thapelo Mokoena not only an actor but a film maker too, has launched an ambitious new project - Nero TV. This YouTube channel will take viewers on a journey to discover more about Nero specifically, and wine in general.

Bosman Family Vineyards is an historic wine farm that has been in the Bosman Family for 8 generations.

Ancient wrought iron gates swing open slowly to reveal a secret paradise shaded by towering oak trees and dotted with stately Cape Dutch homesteads, framed by crisp, green lawns. 

Shop the extensive range of award winning wines from Bosman Family Vineyards plus great special offers! Free delivery for 12+ bottles.

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Bosman Family Vineyards is an historic wine farm that has been in the Bosman family for 8 generations. They produce an extensive range of great wines to suit every occasion, as well as limited releases of unique wines made from single vineyards, or single barrels.